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The 53 Town Pledge

Last update: February 18, 2021


Map of Contra Costa County

This map is only a partial accounting of my destinations. It shows cities and towns but not "Census-Designated Places." I don't know what these are, except that I seem to live in one! That would be Kensington.

I visited every state in the US, every county in California, and walked the length of every street in my home town of Kensington. Obviously, the gap is a visit to every town in Kensington's Contra Costa County. We have 19 cities and towns (pictured above) and 34 "census-designated places." or CDPs as I'll call them since it's much easier to type. I don't know what a census-designated place is, except that Kensington, my home town, er, CDP, fits into that category. 

To say "I got there" I'll take a picture and post it here. Unlike the states and counties, it needn't be anything new.


It took some time to find all the CDPs since I couldn't find them on any one map. I'd never heard of half of them, some within ten miles of my house, where I've lived for nearly 40 years, which should add to the fun.


At a leisurely pace (nearly two years) I visited all 53 Towns, Cities and Census Designated places within Contra Costa County. This was not nearly as ambitious as visiting every state in the U.S.A. or every county in California, but it got me out of the damn house! Doing half of it during the pandemic cut down on some of the things I could have done to make it more interesting. By the way, according to the Federal Register:

"Census designated places (CDPs) are statistical geographic entities representing closely settled, unincorporated communities that are locally recognized and identified by name."

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